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daysailor
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BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter
      #1738286 - 07/11/17 05:59 PM (50.233.5.82)

I did a wonderful week of sailing in BVI waters last December on a bareboat from Moorings on Tortola.

We flew into STT, Speedy's to Road Town, taxi to the harbor, and of course the reverse at the end of our charter -- the better part of a day.

We skipped the Beef Island endpoint btw cuz of price but paid in time.

So I'm wondering about experiences chartering in St Thomas, minutes from the airport, and then off to BVI for that great sailing, clearing customs and necessary formalities of course.

Seems like almost the best of both worlds, but maybe there are some downsides?

Thanks!


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Bgs
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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: daysailor]
      #1738287 - 07/11/17 06:03 PM (99.255.140.50)

If I may piggy back, my question has to do with conditions.
We have gone down in December.
It seems like there have been significant seas on our ferry trips, and if fact we went past a de-masted mono on our last trip about 5- 10 minutes out of CA.
Is it a lot rougher coming out of St. Thomas?

Thanks as always,

Brian


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daysailor
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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: Bgs]
      #1738288 - 07/11/17 06:12 PM (50.233.5.82)

I made a mistake -- not Speedy's zippy little boats.

We were on a large, high speed ferry, the Provincetown III, I think, down from New England for the winter.

I didn't notice any significant roughness in either direction on the ferry, though it was very windy with large swells first half of our sailing week.


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tradewinds
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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: daysailor]
      #1738289 - 07/11/17 06:23 PM (99.82.249.196)

The Provincetown would be the Road Town Fast Ferry. That time of year, the winds can be up and going from St. Thomas is usually straight upwind.

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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: tradewinds]
      #1738291 - 07/11/17 07:06 PM (68.61.28.65)

I am about done with C&I via ferry into Tortola. They are always extremely slow. BVI C&I should take a flight into Punta Cana and see how to process tourists.
Note to BVI C&I: After a 12 hour day of driving, flying then ferrying to Tortola, the last thing I want to do is wait 1 or 1-1/2 hours on the dock at Roadtown to clear C&I for entrance to my vacation.
While I love my BVI vacations, BVI C&I is pushing me away to other vacation destinations.

Edited by HoosierDaddy (07/11/17 09:37 PM)


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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: HoosierDaddy]
      #1738293 - 07/11/17 07:55 PM (70.167.162.241)

We have done the STT chartering several times. We love CYOA, but this time have decided to try the new VI Yachts near Redhook. Its a bit closer to St Johns. We find spending the first night or two in St Johns is really a great way to unwind. A quick trip over to West end to clear customs into the BVI is easy, and then over to Norman for a night, and off we go with the BVI route. Coming back, clearing into STT at Cruz bay hasn't been a problem, and it will be interesting to see how much time we save by returning to the base near Red hook. PM if you have any specific questions.

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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: sbrownell]
      #1738298 - 07/11/17 08:19 PM (184.166.21.62)

"BVI C&I should take a flight into Punta Cana and see how to process tourists."


You really can not compare checking into customs on a boat as opposed to an airport, especially the Dominican Republic. Clearing in the DR by boat can be a shakedown and very uncomfortable. Surely not like trying to process 200+ people in a short period of time.


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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: sail2wind]
      #1738303 - 07/11/17 08:43 PM (24.59.70.96)

We used to charter out of STT back in the 80's but have switched to flying to EIS from SJU. BVI Tourism gets us through C&I at Letsome Airport hassle free and we start our charter from Road Harbor w/o having to spend the 1st sailing day messing with C&I in West End or Jost.

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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: HoosierDaddy]
      #1738316 - 07/12/17 01:26 AM (70.49.187.94)

Quote:

HoosierDaddy said:
I am about done with C&I via ferry into Tortola. They are always extremely slow. BVI C&I should take a flight into Punta Cana and see how to process tourists.
Note to BVI C&I: After a 12 hour day of driving, flying then ferrying to Tortola, the last thing I want to do is wait 1 or 1-1/2 hours on the dock at Roadtown to clear C&I for entrance to my vacation.
While I love my BVI vacations, BVI C&I is pushing me away to other vacation destinations.




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Re: BVI sailing with St Thomas bareboat charter [Re: HoosierDaddy]
      #1738342 - 07/12/17 09:57 AM (38.98.111.83)

Quote:

HoosierDaddy said:
I am about done with C&I via ferry into Tortola. They are always extremely slow. BVI C&I should take a flight into Punta Cana and see how to process tourists.
Note to BVI C&I: After a 12 hour day of driving, flying then ferrying to Tortola, the last thing I want to do is wait 1 or 1-1/2 hours on the dock at Roadtown to clear C&I for entrance to my vacation.
While I love my BVI vacations, BVI C&I is pushing me away to other vacation destinations.




12 hours of driving? Where are you driving to and from?

If you want to avoid C&I delays, fly into EIS. Or charter from STT. Or take a water taxi. Only ways to avoid a painful wait on the ferry dock.

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Matt


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